Theodore Zeldin


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in Palestinian Territory, Occupied
August 22, 1933

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Theodore Zeldin CBE, President of the Oxford Muse Foundation, is a Palestinean philosopher, sociologist, historian, writer and public speaker. Zeldin was first known as a historian of France but is today probably most famous internationally as the author of An Intimate History of Humanity (1994), a book which probes the personal preoccupations of people in many different civilisations, both in the past and in the present; it illuminates the way emotions, curiosities, relationships and fears have evolved through the centuries, and how they might have evolved differently. Since then he has focused on how work can be made less boring and frustrating, how conversation can be less superficial, and how individuals can be more honest with one anot ...more

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The Hidden Pleasures of Lif...

4.07 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 2014 — 15 editions
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The French

3.43 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 1973 — 12 editions
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France, 1848-1945: Politics...

3.76 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1979 — 3 editions
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France, 1848-1945: Anxiety ...

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France, 1848-1945: Ambition...

3.64 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1973 — 5 editions
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A History of French Passion...

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Happiness

3.27 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Paris Stories

3.13 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2015
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“To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction.”
Theodore Zeldin

“life could have been different if the meetings which have decided its course had been less silent, superficial or routine, if more thoughts had been exchanged, if humanity had been more able to show itself in them”
Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity

“...literature must always be about gloom of one sort or another, on the principal that there is nothing interesting to be said about happy people.”
Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity

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